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LGBT+ groups say rapper DaBaby has gone too far with his offensive music video titled "Giving What It's Supposed to Give."

DaBaby directed the video himself because he couldn't find a director willing to take the heat.

The new video, released on Wednesday, July 28, appears to reference his controversial anti-ghey, anti-HIV rant at Rolling Loud festival in Miami on Sunday, July 25.

The 29-year-old Capricorn urged concertgoers who didn't have HIV or Aids or "any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that'll make you die in two or three weeks" to "put your cellphone light in the air".

He also urged men to raise their cellphone lights if they didn't give oral sex to other men in the parking lot.

His comments sparked backlash from stars including his "Levitating" collaborator Dua Lipa and gay rights activist Sir Elton John.

His upcoming concerts were canceled and BooHooMAN USA dropped him as a celebrity sponsor.

DaBaby has issued two apologies, asking LGBT+ members to give him the same freedom of expression that they expect.

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In his new music video, "Giving What It's Supposed to Give," the rapper holds up a sign that reads "AIDS" while being berated by two homosexual males. He lowers the sign, pulls out a gun and shoots both males.

In another scene, he is pleasured by a white woman in a kitchen while he raps, "That head is giving what it's supposed to give."

The video ends with the words "Don't Fight Hate With Hate" in rainbow colors, alongside: "My apologies for being me the same way you want the freedom to be you."

The music video only angered LGBT+ activists, who argue that DaBaby is not remorseful or sorry for his behavior.

DaShawn Usher, GLAAD's Associate Director of Communities of Color, said in a statement:

"The rhetoric that DaBaby used is inaccurate, hurtful, and harmful to the LGBTQ community and the estimated 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. It is critical that DaBaby and his fans learn that people living with HIV today... lead long and healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV.

“While DaBaby has made haphazard attempts to 'apologize,' actions need to be taken for full accountability and changes to do better in the future. It further confirms what GLAAD reported last year in the State of HIV Stigma Study that stigma and misinformation around HIV is widespread, and there is much work to be done to educate the public, including entertainers."

LGBT+ groups have reached out to DaBaby to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

So far, the rapper has not responded.
 

CAUTION: This music video simulates graphic sex and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

DaBaby - "Giving What It's Supposed to Give"

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On Wednesday, July 28, Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin unveiled the official music video to their #1 hit "We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" from Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack.

The music video (directed by Cam Robert) showcases scenes from Space Jam: A New Legacy. Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin join gospel singers who performed on the record.

"We Win" topped Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart, dated June 5.

The single, released on May 21, marks the first gospel song for the trap rapper, and Franklin's eighth chart topper.

"I'm humbled," 51-year-old Kirk Franklin told Billboard magazine.

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"We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" has garnered over 10 million streams and counting. The two recently performed the track for the first time at the BET Awards where they opened up the show with a full choir. See the full BET Awards performance here.

Watch the official music video below.
 

Updated post originally published on June 3, 2021

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Black Twitter expressed their disappointment after Lil Nas X dropped his LGBT-themed music video for "Industry Baby."

The provocative music video featured naked Black men twerking in a shower. Their private parts blurred to get past the FCC censors.

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Nas X is the first rapper to feature an all-Black ghey male cast twerking in his music video. Such a spectacle would not have been possible 20 years ago.

Some parents objected to Nas X being promoted to their children. Nas X has a large following of children and adolescents who buy his books and music.

Here's how Black Twitter responded to the music video:
 


 

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Lil Nas X dropped the music video to his latest single titled "Industry Baby" ft. Jack Harlow late Thursday.

Directed by Christian Breslauer, the music video is heavy on LGBT+ imagery, such as inmates dancing naked in the shower. Their private parts are blurred to get the video past the FCC censors.

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In the video, Nas X is sentenced to five years at Montero State prison for being an unrepentant homosexual. Lil Nas X portrays the judge, a lawyer, the district attorney, and one juror.

Harlow makes out with a female in his prison cell before breaking out of prison with Nas X.

Anticipating possible backlash to his LGBT+ agenda, Nas X tweeted:

"saying this in advance so y'all won't blame me. THE INDUSTRY BABY VIDEO IS NOT FOR YOUR KIDS!"

Thanks to Kanye West's production, the song will be in heavy rotation on the radio before fading into obscurity.

If you're not already a Lil Nas X fan, this video won't convert you.
 

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Normani's provocative single "Wild Side" featuring Cardi B is struggling on the Spotify chart.

The single, released on July 16, dropped like a rock out of the Spotify Top 100 and currently sits at No. 147.

"Wild Side" is the lead single off Normani's upcoming untitled debut solo album.

Normani played a stripper in the music video for "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Cardi, who is pregnant with her second child, returned the favor by playing a stripper in "Wild Side."

The song contains a sample of Aaliyah's single "One in a Million" (1996).

The video was choreographed by Sean Bankhead who also choreographed Normani's "Motivation."

Normani, 25, is best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
 

"Wild Side" featuring Cardi B

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Jazmine Sullivan says making music in the recording studio is an "intensely personal experience" for her.

The R&B songstress opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about her songwriting process, which includes soul searching and channeling her personal drama into her music.

She is able to "talk about things that (she) wouldn't normally have talked about" through her music.

Toward the end of 2019, her mother, Pam, who once co-managed Jazmine's music career, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jazmine also endured years in an abusive relationship that ended not long before the pandemic shut down the music industry last year.

"When I'm making music and I'm in a studio, it really feels so personal. I'm just literally telling my story, and it's for me. I know people are going to hear it, but it's just me getting out these thoughts and these feelings that are inside of me."

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Jazmine's EP album, Heaux Tales, released on January 8, 2021, is described as her "fourth and bleakest" album to date.

Heaux Tales won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards, and spawned the hit songs "Lost One" and "Pick Up Your Feelings."

The EP is her first release since 2015's critically-acclaimed Reality Show.

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Themes on Heaux Tales include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming, which are all personal to Jazmine.

Among Jazmine's favorite songs on her 14-song EP is "The Other Side" - which tackles the contradictory body image feelings that women experience.

The 34-year-old Philadelphia native topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2008 with her debut album, Fearless.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA and spawned four singles, including "Bust Your Windows" and "Need U Bad."
 

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Rapper Juvenile remixed his classic 1999 song "Back That Thang Up" as part of the U.S. government's effort to vaccinate urban youth.

The new remix is part of the White House's campaign to increase vaccination rates among Black people who are hesitant to take the Covid-19 mRNA shots.

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The music video that accompanies the new remix features Juvenile with his former Ca$H Money Records label boss Mannie Fresh. The two rappers dance with scantily clad women while urging viewers to "vax that thang up."

    Girl you looks good, won't you vax that thang up
    You’s a handsome young brother, won’t you vax that thang up
    Date in real life you need to vax that thang up
    Feeling freaky all night you need to vax that thang up
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Mannie appears on screen with dozens of dancing eggplants as he raps:

    I know you can't stand it
    No holding hands chick
    But when we get the shot we gonna be romancing
    Girl you can be the queen
    After quarantine
    We can meet up at the spot and we can do the thing

Twitter reacted to Juvenile and Mannie's effort.


 

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R&B superstar Tank's single, titled "Can't Let It Show" (R&B Money/Atlantic Records), has hit #1 on R&B radio stations around the country after 18 weeks on the charts.

Written and produced by Tank, "Can't Let It Show" samples Kate Bush's 1989 single, "This Woman's Work", which was covered by singer Maxwell in 1997.

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"Can't Let It Show" is Tank's fourth consecutive #1 hit, including songs "When We," "Dirty," and "I Don't Think You're Ready” off his wildly successful albums Savage and Elevation, respectively.

"Can't Let It Show" has already received over 3.6M views on YouTube.

Tank was a featured performer this past weekend that kicked off the ESSENCE Festival of Culture Virtual Weekend (June 25 - 27 and July 2-4) celebrating the excellence of the Black community.

In addition, he has hit the road with appearances in several cities across America, and fans can check www.therealtank.com for additional live dates.
 

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R&b singer Ann Marie is free on bail after she allegedly shot her boyfriend in the head in an Atlanta hotel room last year.

The singer's scowling mugshot -- showing off her fiery red natural hair - went viral on social media.

Now out on bail, Ann Marie has a message for her fans who want new music from the R&B beauty.

On Tuesday, Ann Marie posted photos of herself working hard in a recording studio.

"Back At It!!" she captioned the images on her Instagram page.

The Chicago native, real name Joann Marie Slater, 25, was charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting that occurred on Dec. 1.

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Sources say she shot the man in cold blood for cheating on her with another woman.

However, Ann Marie claims the gun dropped from her hand and accidentally discharged, shooting her boyfriend in the head. His medical condition is unknown.

Ann Marie's newfound notoriety as a shooter has earned her a legion of fans who desperately need new music from the Chicago songbird.

Question: What's your favorite Ann Marie song?
 

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Jay Z regrets recording one of his biggest hits, "Big Pimpin'" featuring UGK. The 51-year-old father-of-4 tells the Wall Street Journal he regrets his misogynistic lyrics on the track in 1999 -- before he was civilized and domesticated by Beyonce.

The track was produced by Timbaland and appeared on Jay Z's fourth studio album, Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter.

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The song was a huge hit for the Marcy Projects rapper, peaking at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. It also made Rolling Stone's 2010 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (No. 467).

The official music video garnered over 47 million views on YouTube.

However, Jay Z regrets spitting the "really harsh" lyrics on the track.

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"That's the exception. It was like... I can't believe I said that. And kept saying it? What type of animal would say this sort of thing? Reading it is really harsh," he said.

The following is Jay Z's verse on "Big Pimpin'", where he discusses his total lack of respect and disregard for Black women.

(Verse 1)

    You know I thug 'em, f**k 'em, love 'em, leave 'em
    ‘Cause I don't f**kin' need 'em
    Take 'em out the hood, keep 'em lookin' good
    But I don't fuckin' feed 'em

    First time they fuss I'm [leaving]
    Talkin' about, "What's the reason?"
    I'm a pimp in every sense of the word, bitch
    Better trust and believe 'em

    In the cut where I keep 'em
    'Til I need a nut, 'til I need to beat the guts
    Then it's "beep beep" and I'm pickin' them up
    Let 'em play with the d*ck in the truck

    Many chicks wanna put Jigga's fist in cuffs
    Divorce him and split his bucks
    Just because you got good head
    I'ma break bread, so you can be living it up?

    Sh*t, I parts with nothin'
    Y'all be frontin'
    Me give my heart to a woman?
    Not for nothin', never happen
    I'll be forever mackin'
    Heart cold as assassins,
    I got no passion,
    I got no patience,
    And I hate waitin'

    Ho, get your ass in and let's ride!
    Check em out now, ride!
    Ride!
    Check em out now, ride!

 

Big Pimpin' (Dirty)